That’s OK, Linus. We understand. Also 3.0.x is about due after 20 years. At this rate you will be able to retire at about 6.0. By then GNU/Linux and Android/Linux and MeeGo… will be all over the place more so than now. Perhaps everything except drivers will be tuned up so tightly that we will only have to go to 3.0.19… Who knows? The kernel has been running pretty smoothly since 2.2 and has been really capable since 2.4. 2.x was pretty mature. Might as well call it 3.0 for a while.
I will never forget my first kernel, 2.2 back in the day. It was way faster than that other OS and never crashed on me. It was love at first sight. The fact that it kept running no matter what meant that any application that ran amock could be tidied up with xKill. Great fun. Thanks, Linus.